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No user accounts at Windows XP Login screen!!!!!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by JMT74, Apr 11, 2007.

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  1. JMT74

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    Hi, My uncle cannot log into Windows because somehow the user account names are gone from the Windows XP login screen. I mean I can't do a system restore without logging into Windows can I? I tried booting with the Windows XP installation cd. I got to a point where I thought I was about to reinstall windows but I wasn't sure so I stopped. I would rather not reinstall Windows for him if there is a way to get back onto the Windows desktop. Someone let me know what I should try. Thanks.
     
  2. Bob Cerelli

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    What version of XP?

    If it is Pro, then at the login prompt, press Ctrl-Alt-Del-Del. Type in the user name administrator. Hopefully either the password is blank or you know it.

    If it is Home, boot to safe mode and see if you can log in as administrator that way.
     
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    It is Windows XP Home Edition SP2. I tried to boot in safe mode by pushing the F8 button. Went to the login screen still blank. No user accounts. Just the XP blue screen. Also tried Last known good configuration when the computer worked. Still the same thing. No user accounts. Weird. I asked him if he installs windows security updates and he said no. lol That may be one reason. He doesn't scan for spyware either. I am guessing years of not doing this has caught up. Probably a trojan virus.



    What version of XP?

    If it is Pro, then at the login prompt, press Ctrl-Alt-Del-Del. Type in the user name administrator. Hopefully either the password is blank or you know it.

    If it is Home, boot to safe mode and see if you can log in as administrator that way.[/QUOTE]
     
  4. Bob Cerelli

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    Have a customer where the previous IT person didn't believe protecting computers either.

    Kinda like me skydiving and not believing in gravity. Doesn't matter if I believe it in or not.
     
  5. JMT74

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    Is there anything else I can try besides doing a Windows Repair with the DELL Windows XP installation CD?
     
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    HE'S NOT AT THE LOGON SCREEN!

    you did say an empty WELCOME SCREEN right? try <ctrl> <alt> <del> TWICE from the welcome screen.

    This is not uncommon of virus behavior, but don't rule out boredom and screwing around.
     
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